Sri Lanka Treasury grapples to pay public sector salaries

Sri Lanka Treasury grapples to pay public sector salaries

21 October 2019 01:32 pm

Sri Lanka Treasury will have to find Rs. 39,365 million or Rs.39.36 billion to pay salaries and allowances of 1.1 million public sector employees and pensioners in the country, official sources.

This massive expenditure has to be made from the government revenue including the revenue from taxes and borrowings, a senior official said adding that if there is any shortage of money then the treasury will have to borrow money credited to consolidated fund by state institutions.

Under this set up it has to obtain Rs. 10 billion credited to the consolidated fund by Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) to bridge the shortage of money required to pay salaries and allowances of public servants this month.

Without mentioning the normal treasury procedure MP Wijedasa Rajapaksa told a media conference recently that the treasury has made request from TRC to grant Rs 10 billion to pay salaries of public sector employees.

This was misleading statement as the treasury is empowered to use public sector institutions contributions to consolidated fund, he claimed.

Treasury is committed to ensure efficiency, economy and safety in handling funds belonging to the Consolidated Fund and other Treasury Funds in order to harmonize the Government expenditure, programmes with the revenue plans and borrowing programme, while providing stewardship towards fund accounting, including foreign borrowings, he said. 

The salary increment and other allowances for public servants proposed by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera in his budget 2019 is effective from July 01.

Accordingly, all public servants will receive an additional monthly allowance of 2500.00 rupees, the Finance Ministry said issuing a statement.

Also, allowance for security forces will be increased while the anomalies of 500,000 pensioners will be removed.
Allowance for the differently abled will be increased and the number of recipients of kidney patients’ allowance will be increased. 

The Government has allocated a total sum of 40, 000 million rupees for this purpose
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Under the public servants’ salary increment, 1.1 million public servants are entitled to receive an interim allowance of 2, 500 rupees effective from July 01 .The Government spends 20, 000 million rupees to pay this allowance.